Drink Powder Re-Packaging
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Brian Frankle
(bdf37) - F
Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/25/2006 10:53:45 MDT Print View

Any one have a good trick for re-packaging powdered drink mixes (Hydrolite, Gatorade, etc)?

I've always used snack sized Ziplocs, but I know more creative minds have come up with a much better alternative... please share.

Thanks!

Patrick Baker
(WildMan) - F
Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/25/2006 12:24:49 MDT Print View

Snack sized Ziplocs work for me.
Mine current stock weighs 2 grams each.

My BPL 2x3 ziplocs weigh 1 gram each but do not hold enough drink powder.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/25/2006 13:44:53 MDT Print View

If you want a sugar-free (almost) drink that, I think, fits in the smallest ziplocks try this:

1 quart water
1/2 packet unsweetened koolaid
1/4 tsp mortons lite salt
6 packets equal (about 1 g sugar per packet)

Peter McDonough
(crazypete) - F

Locale: Above the Divided Line
Re: Re: Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/25/2006 13:51:26 MDT Print View

Drink crystal lite or similar--and insert it in a plastic straw with a funnel. Seal one side with the heat of a match, fold the other side over and secure with a paperclip.

Eric Noble
(ericnoble) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/25/2006 14:28:12 MDT Print View

Crazy Petes got the right idea. I had another idea come to mind that I just have to share. Some may wish I hadn't shared. I haven't tried this, but wouldn't a condom work? It is certainly multi-use. I think the Air Force still issues them as part of the survival kit, for those whose minds immediately went another direction. And for those whose minds are still there, be sure to wash out the blue Koolaide. A blue tongue is bad enough ;). Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/25/2006 18:17:24 MDT Print View

Crystal Light now comes in smallish tubes instead of the tub. Much smaller than those tubs and takes up almost no space.

Phil Barton
(flyfast) - MLife

Locale: Oklahoma
Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/26/2006 07:27:48 MDT Print View

One of my hiking buds has a nifty packaging for powdered Gatorade. He stores it in a quart sized Platy bladder. It's heavier than a Ziploc but much more puncture resistant and actually easier to pour.

William Wright
(FarStar)
Re: Re: Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/26/2006 09:29:30 MDT Print View

Ken,

The tubes of Crystal Light have eliminated my need to repackage drink mixes. One tube containing, depending on the flavor, about 1 or 2 grams of product (I don't know what the packaging weighs, but it can't be much) makes a quart. There's a good selection of flavors now.

Another, bit heavier and more expensive, option is Emergen-C packets by Alacer. About 3 to 9 grams (again, without packaging and depending on flavor) makes only a 6-oz drink, but it's tasty and fizzy--a nice change of pace. The heavier versions of Emergen-C contain sugar--not much, though.

Andrew Hedges
(alhedges) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/26/2006 10:02:06 MDT Print View

Yeah, I'm a big fan of the crystal light packets (I think they're called "Crystal Light On The Go"). IIRC, they make a half liter (16.9 oz); there's a half liter platypus bag that I use for mixing.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
And... on 07/26/2006 10:44:40 MDT Print View

Both Target and Walmart make their own versions of CL To Go. Cheaper, and they have even more flavors :-)
Walmart is also selling sport drinkes in the same type of tubes now.

William Wright
(FarStar)
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/26/2006 10:45:08 MDT Print View

Andrew,

You're correct on both the name and the volume--it's 1 pint (0.5 liter). And the little tubes do make for easy transfer into narrow-necked containers. I spotted two new flavors I hadn't seen before and picked them up. Good stuff.

Thanks,

Bill

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/26/2006 14:05:49 MDT Print View

Find a cigar smoker and beg some of those trick aluminum tubes that some cigars come in-- way cool for stuff like powered drink mix, sugar, etc.

Brian Frankle
(bdf37) - F
Re: Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/26/2006 19:40:43 MDT Print View

Plastic Test Tubes with caps. Lightweight, colorful, and cheap!

http://www.testtubesonline.com/6_inch_16x150_mm_Polypropylene_Plastic_Tubes_p/207-0014.htm

...a close second to Dale's suggestion of polished aluminum cigar case...CLASSY!

Tom Wheless
(towheless) - F
Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/28/2006 12:32:17 MDT Print View

I've been thinking about using one of those vacuum-sealers such as the Tilia Foodsaver (www.tilia.com) which almost everyone seems to sell.

If you make a long slender package, say 1 inch by 4 inches, with one end open you should be able to put in a couple of tablespoons and then vacuum-seal it. I would use a funnel or something to put the powder in to keep it off the end of the plastic where the seal will go. Note that I haven't tried this out myself yet, just been thinking about it.

Ryan Faulkner
(ryanf) - F

Locale: Mid atlantic, No. Cal
Re: Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/28/2006 14:21:17 MDT Print View

One problem you may have is the powder being sucked into the machine whan vacume packing it

Mike Storesund
(mikes) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/30/2006 00:04:33 MDT Print View

I am hooked on those CL-on-the-Go tubes. I know they are sized for 1/2 liter, but I use one per liter. Yes it is a bit thinner, but its still good and it makes it easy when tracking your water intake; one empty tube = one liter drank.

I like the Emer'gen-C drinks and use them like a hot tea drink in the morning and at night. IMHO the Black Cherry is the best followed by the Tangarine. The Lemon-Lime (yuck) is nothing like Gatorade so don't be fooled.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/30/2006 08:48:13 MDT Print View

I do the same too Mike.

Scott Ashdown
(waterloggedwellies) - F

Locale: United Kingdom
Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/30/2006 10:28:39 MDT Print View

CrazyPetes idea wasn't bad. Instead of sealing one end of the drinking straw (That contains your powder) with heat or a paperclip as suggested, cut off two one inch lengths from the straw. Then fold one end of the straw over and place the one inch section over it to keep the fold inplace. Fill the straw with your powder then fold over the other end and seal with the other one inch section.

I picked this tip up from a friend and have used it to carry spices and that type of thing. Obviously how much powder, spice, salt you can carry depends on the width and length of the straw you use.

Tom Wheless
(towheless) - F
Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/30/2006 12:16:29 MDT Print View

Here are some pictures I made of some experiments I did this weekend using a vacuum sealer to repackage some of the electrolyte drink mix I use (Gookinaid Hydralyte).Figure1
Figure 1 is the tube of vacuum sealer I made, 2 inches across (1.5 inches between seams) and 6 inches long).Figure 2
Figure 2 shows a cutoff funnel I used to insert the powder to prevent from coating the inside where the seam will be.Figure 3
Figure 3 shows the sealed tube with powder. I was able to get two heaping tablespoons full in there, enough to make 16 ounces of the electrolyte drink. The arrow drawing in black marker shows where a notch is cut on the outside of the package to allow it to be opened without having to use a knife.Figure 4
Figure 4 is a closeup of the notch with the edges touched up with black marker to make it more visible. I've used this technique before to allow easier opening in the field without having to use a knife. It works well.

Tom

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging on 07/30/2006 12:24:34 MDT Print View

Great idea. I have a food vacum sealer and never thought of that!